Sep 7, 2010 6:00pm EDT
, which is to try to regain power." university of virginia larry sabato says of axelrod's reasoning, "each political party is supposed to thoroughly focus on gaining or regaining power. the clash of ideas and ambitions in regular competitive elections is what makes the american system work." despite the sluggish economy, political candidates are setting fundraising and spending records already. house and senate candidates raided $1.2 billion. outpacing the last three big election years. former federal election commission chairman says, "we hay be on track for the most expensive cycle ever, even more than 2008 which is really hard to believe." finally, a new environmental science school named in part after al gore is set to open next week in los angeles, but not everyone is happy about it. the l.a. times reports critics say the school's location poses a health risk because it's built on contaminated soil. construction crews have been replacing toxic soil with clean fill. environmental coalition written the school district saying, "renaming this terribly contaminated school after famous envi
Sep 16, 2010 6:00pm EDT
virginia is one of them. take a listen. >> i think what we need to be doing right now is holding the line on taxes, not letting anybody's taxes go up at least until we see the end of this terrible recession. i think it's a pretty simple idea. there are a number of other folks here, also, on the democratic side that agree with me on this. and you know, i led a letter along with some other members, 31 signatures on it among the democrats here that said it's not the time to raise anybody's taxes. >> so what about that? >> yeah, no, i was talking to jerry connolly on monday who was at a town hall with president obama, president obama was there, talking about not wanting to extend these for, for the upper income folks, and jerry connolly was there, saying, hey, he'd want to extend these for everyone, at least temporarily because he thinks that the recovery is too fragile. so it's not just about republicans, it's almost kind of like you've got a revolt among democrats who are also saying that maybe this recovery is too fragile for a tax hike at this point. they've got a problem on their hands.
Sep 29, 2010 6:00pm EDT
. >> reporter: the virginia suburbs made mr. obama the first democratic president to win the state in 44 years, but chose a republican governor in 2009. likewise, suburbs of denver and las vegas turned colorado and nevada from red to blue two years ago may be trending back. but after a year of intensely partisan bickering between democrats and republicans, perhaps two dozen of the most competitive congressional races levy says will put a premium on moderation. >> we will see the candid can dates that ran to the right -- candidates that ran to the right in primaries, all trying to run to the middle to get to suburban voters. >> reporter: if conventionm wisdom that politics is getting more partisan but the fact that the country is getting more suburban. if suburban voters are better educate and more moderate, maybe a chance politics will follow suit. >> bret: wendell goler live on the north lawn. thank you. stocks were down today. the dow lost a little less than 23. the s&p 500 dropped three points. nasdaq also gave back three. the former head of the nation's fastest growing labor union says he